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Chris Robshaw says England will put the disappointment of last year’s defeat to Wales behind them and is backing his side to come out on top.
Wales romped to a 30-3 victory in Cardiff last year to win the Six Nations title and destroy England’s bid to win the Grand Slam.
The two sides go head-to-head again at the weekend, this time at Twickenham, and England captain Robshaw does not think last year’s result will have any bearing on the game.
“Last year doesn’t have too big an influence,” Robshaw said. “Look at what is up for grabs for us on Sunday – a Triple Crown. That’s massive.”
The Six Nations Championship is evenly balanced with just two matches remaining. England, Wales, Ireland and France all have four points, with the Irish only topping the table courtesy of a points advantage.
This weekend’s clash could be critical, but England’s recent record against Wales is not great having lost their last three games against them.
Robshaw added: “You look at how many times these guys have actually played together, they understand each other and that is something experience brings you.”
When asked who the pre-match favourites are, Robshaw said: “I’d say England. We’re back here at home.
Both sides are very evenly matched and very exciting but you’ve got to back yourself.”